A guide to the Tour de France
23rd July 2017
Dylan Groenewegen (Lotto Jumbo NL) showed determination to take the wheel he wanted in the closing stages on the Champs-Elysées. He hit the front early and held on for his first Tour de France stage win, ahead of a fast-finishing André Greipel. Froome confirmed his overall Tour de France victory.
22nd July 2017
Maciej Bodnar (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the Stage 20 time trial in Marseille. Froome was third, and now leads Uran by 54s, with Bardet in third place at 2min20.
21st July 2017
After two near misses, many cycling fans will be delighted that Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) finally got a first place on the 2017 Tour. Bravo!
20th July 2017
Warren Barguil won his second stage of the Tour, on top of the Col d'Izoard. Atapuma was second. Bardet got 4s bonus for third place, but came in with Froome and Uran.
Earlier in the day, Annemiek van Vleuten won the first of two part of la Course, on the climb of the Izoard.
19th July 2017
Primoz Roglic (Lotto Jumbo NL) won Stage 17 from a breakaway, moving ahead alone on the Col du Galibier. Rigoberto Uran took a 6s bonus for second place, and moves into second overall. Froome took 4s for third. Fabio Aru lost time.
18th July 2017
Michael Matthews and Team Sunweb had a perfect day. They distanced Kittel on the early hills, and Matthews took the intermediate sprint. As the wind split the peloton in the Rhône valley, Sunweb kept Matthews at the front, and he won the sprint for the stage victory - ahead of a fast-finishing Edvald Boasson Hagen, and an annoyed John Degenkolb. Dan Martin was caught out in the echelons which formed when the wind blew, and he lost just less than a minute.
16th July 2017
Bauke Mollema (Trek Segafredo) won Stage 15 with a long-range attack from a breakaway. Dan Martin gained time with a late move from the group of GC favourites. Chris Froome survived a delay due to a puncture, and finished with the GC group. He stays in yellow, with the time gap to Aru unchanged.
15th July 2017
Michael Matthews, now riding for Sunweb, won Stage 14 on the Côte Saint-Pierre in Rodez. Froome was well-positioned, and finished seventh, while Aru lost 27s to the Sky man, and the yellow jersey.
14th July 2017
On a 101km Pyrenees stage, Warren Barguil had a better sprint than his three breakaway companions. One of them was Mikel Landa, who moves up to fifth overall.
13th July 2017
Romain Bardet won Stage 12 on the super-steep climb of the runway at Peyragudes. Rigoberto Uran was second, 2s back, and Fabio Aru third in the same time as Uran. Froome was seventh, 22s behind the winner. Fabio Aru is the new yellow jersey, with a 6s lead over Froome.
12th July 2017
Another flat stage. Another sprint. Another Kittel win.
11th July 2017
There was beautiful scenery on Stage 10 in the Dordogne, but little action to keep cycling fans from mowing the grass or creosoting the shed. Kittel's sprint was well-timed, and he won easily. Nothing else to say.
9th July 2017
Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte both crashed out, Warren Barguil (Sunweb) took the polka-dot jersey and second place, Froome was third (taking 4s bonus), but the stage winner was Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale Drapac).
8th July 2017
On a day with three serious climbs, Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie) won Stage 8 from a breakaway. Robert Gesink (Lotto Jumbo NL) was the next man over the line in la Station des Rousses.
7th July 2017
Stage 7 was another day for the sprinters, and Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) pipped Edvald Boasson-Hagen (Dimension Data) on the line in a photo finish.
6th July 2017
Stage 6 came down to a bunch sprint in Troyes, as expected. Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) was first, with Arnaud Démare second, and André Greipel third.
5th July 2017
The last breakaway riders were caught on the foot of the climb of la Planche-des-Belles-Filles, and the GC battle began. Nobody responded to Fabio Aru's attack, and he won the stage. Dan Martin was second, and Chris Froome third. Froome moves into yellow, with Thomas now second overall and Aru third.
4th July 2017
Stage 4 came to the boil in Vittel after a long, solo break by Guillaume van Keirsbulck (Wanty Groupe Gobert). Peter Sagan moved across and elbowed Mark Cavendish in the sprint, making the Manxman fall and injure his shoulder, while Arnaud Démare took the win.
3rd July 2017
Stage 3 could have been designed for Philippe Gilbert, native of the start town Verviers, with its uphill finish at Longwy suiting a strong, explosive rider. However, nothing could stop Peter Sagan - even when he accidentally unclipped from one of his pedals, he was able to click back in, accelerate, and beat Michael Matthews to the line.
2nd July 2017
On a rainy day in Germany and Belgium, Taylor Phinney took part in a breakaway, but the race came back together shortly before the finish line for a bunch sprint. Marcel Kittel beat Arnaud Démare and André Greipel, with Cavendish fourth.
1st July 2017
Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) was the surprise winner of the Stage 1 time trial, at the Grand Départ of the 2017 Tour de France in Duesseldorf. His time of 16 minutes 04 was enough to beat Stefan Kung (BMC), who was second, and Vasil Kiryienka (Sky), third. Pre-race favourite, German Tony Martin (Katusha) was fourth. Chris Froome was the best of the GC favourites in sixth, 12s behind Thomas.
1st June 2017
Tour de France organisers ASO announced on Tuesday 30th May that the 2019 Tour de France will begin with a Grand Départ in Brussels. The race starts in the Belgian capital 50 years after Belgian rider Eddy Merckx won his first Tour.
26th November 2016 (& updated)
Team Sky at Paris Roubaix 2014
The idea to limit the number of riders per team in the 2017 Tour de France to eight, will not be put into practice. The original decision was taken on 26th November 2016 by big race organisers ASO, RCS, and Flanders Classics, according to NOS.nl.
The new rule would have applied not just to the Tour de France, but in the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana. In Paris-Roubaix, Milan-San Remo, and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, there were to be seven riders per team instead of eight.
The main motivation for the change was safety. With 176 riders in the Tour, instead of 198, a smaller peloton should mean fewer accidents. It would also make it harder for one team to control the race, making the contest more exciting.
However, the UCI said that any changes to regulations must be agreed by the Professional Cycling Council (PCC), on which ASO and the other race organisers are fully represented. The race organisers conceded that they would not be able to reduce team sizes without a decison of the PCC, and therefore Tour de France teams would remain at nine riders in 2017.
18th October 2016
The Tour de France 2017 route was today announced at a press conference in Paris by Christian Prudhomme. After the Grand Départ in Duesseldorf, the race heads for the Vosges, then the Jura, with a climb of the Grand Colombier. It takes in the Pyrenees, including a climb of the Col de Peyresourde, and the Alps, with finishes at the Col d'Izoard and Serre Chevalier. A time trial in Marseille, the day before the finish in Paris, could be critical. Read about the Tour de France 2017 route announcement.
The 2017 Tour de France begins in Duesseldorf, Germany, with an individual time trial.
24th July 2016
André Greipel won Stage 21 on the Champs-Elysées today, coming round Alexander Kristoff, to cross the line first. Froome finished safely, to confirm his overall win. Earlier, Chloe Hosking won the women's race, La Course. Read about Greipel wins Stage 21, Tour de France 2016.
24th July 2016
Wout Poels, Team Sky's star mountain domestique at the Tour de France, has ambitions to be team leader at a Grand Tour. He told Dutch TV programme NOS Sport Avond Etappe that he could get his chance at the Giro d'Italia. Read about Poels could be Sky Giro leader.
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